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Le Chateaubriand

Sometimes I argue with the man in the mirror.  I’m smart enough to know that he can be stupid, and I delight in proving him wrong.  So in more ways than one, Le Chateaubriand was delightful.

I had to go there on this most recent Paris trip, precisely because I didn’t think I’d like it. I’d read the menu scores of times, seen pictures and reviews by friends whose opinions I really value. But a frustrating dichotomy was at work, the words “best” and “worst” uttered too frequently in the same breath.

I figured if I were going to investigate the matter for myself, a thorough approach was in order.  First my girlfriend and I would visit Le Dauphin, the newer, arguably cooler little brother to Chateaubriand that’s down the block.  Unfortunately after lunch there we learned that our date with the older sibling that evening was not, in fact, in the computer.  By “computer,” of course, I mean the scribbled, folded, wine-dotted papyrus peeking out of our server’s pocket.  Who, he asked, was our friend who’d made the booking for us, and what time would this hypothetical meal take place?  Inquiring minds wanted to know. Continue reading

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